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Preview — An Unmarked Grave by Charles Todd
An Unmarked Grave (Bess Crawford #4)
“A wonderful new mystery series that will let us see the horrors of World War I through the eyes of Bess Crawford, battlefield nurse.”
“Readers who can’t get enough of Jacqueline Winspear’s novels, or Hester Latterly, who saw action in the Crimean War in a series of novels by Anne Perry, are bound to be caught up in the adventures of Bess Crawford.”
WWI is raging but it is influenza that battlefield nurse, Bess Crawford, and others which is killing off soldiers. In the midst of the dead is a man whose death isn’t from either war or illness; he’s been murdered and Bess recognizes him. Those who’ve seen the body start to die in ways that seem natural. Before Bess can do anything, she also succumbs to the flu and is sent back to England, b ...more
Set amidst the backdrop of World War I and the Spanish Influenza, a British nurse in France finds herself in danger as she investigates a suspicious death she is sure is in fact a murder. A historical mystery or thriller, An Unmarked Grave, the fourth book in the Bess Crawford Mystery series by Charles Todd, captured my attention from the first page and ne ...more
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Dang, it's just not safe anywhere with Bess Crawford around! Fortunately, she's not one to sit back. Between rescuing and protecting and investigating on both sides of the Channel, all the influence that Bess' father and Simon have comes in very handy.
I do enjoy Todd's characters and the homeyness he creates, yes, even on ...more
It's the spring of 1918. Not only are Bess Crawford and all the other nurses and doctors having to contend with an unending stream of wounded men from the front lines in France, they have to battle another killer: the Spanish Influenza.
A trusted orderly takes Bess to the area in which the dead are kept before they taken out for burial, and he shows her that there is one more dead soldier than th ...more
I have a weakness for anyone named Bess who solves mysteries ever since my Nancy Drew days. This Bess however is a WWI nurse who can't seem to keep herself out of every bodies business. With a war raging on, people don't have much time to attend to things that don't quite up. ...more
This book taught me about another time in history, about what it was like for a nurse in the first world war. I love reading books set in another period of history, b ...more
I learned about the deadly Spanish flu outbreak, which I knew very little about, and was struck by a line in the book that said the speaker would be surprised if there was anyone over 16 left in England by the end of the war. It certainly laid waste to a generation of young men.
The quibble I have with these mysteries is that the mystery os ...more
Bess Crawford, WWI battle-field nurse, is swamped in Spanish Flu cases, as well as the wounded, when her attention is drawn to a soldier she recognizes as an old family friend from her father's regiment who is dead from a broken neck. Before she can investigate or even tell anyone about it, she comes down with Flu herself and by the time she recovers, the dead soldier has been buried and the orderly who discovered the corpse has hanged himself. Hmmm. With very few clues but a driving passion to ...more
From his webpage: "World War I nurse and amateur sleuth Bess Crawford matches wits with a devious killer in this exciting and suspenseful adventure from New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd
In the spring of 1918, the Spanish flu epidemic spreads, killing millions of soldiers and civilians across the globe. Overwhelmed by the constant flow of wounded soldiers coming from the French front, battlefield nurse Bess Crawford must now contend with hundreds of influenza patients as well.
After being shown the body of someone she knew through her father, a man with a broken neck, a murder victim, in among the Spanish influenza dead at a battlefield aid station, Bess falls sick with influenza before she can report the murder. Her case is severe and she is sent home, expected to die.
At home after recovering, memories of ...more
Author: Charles Todd
Publisher: William Morrow
This fourth book in the Bess Crawford mystery series has Bess still serving as a nurse in WWI. It is now the spring of 1918, and the battle between the Germans and the British rages on with the wounded continually pouring in to the aid stations. Bess also faces the Spanish Influenza epidemic that begins killing almost as many as the nearby guns. With so many sick or dying, the pr ...more
The reader knows, although the characters do not, that the war is winding to a close. As one nurse remarks, when looking at the young recruits heading towards the battlefields of France, "in a other year we will all be dead, there will be no one left to fight. "
And Spanish Influenza has begun. Bess succumbs to the illness on the very day she and an orderly discover a murdered body in a group of dead soldiers. Unmarked by flu or battle w ...more
(I lied...........I read A Duty to the Dead a year ago and also gave it 5 stars.)
Bess Crawford is a nurse in France during WW I. She tends to her patients and helps the doctors in surgery, keeping very busy with little sleep. The Spanish Flu is killing more soldiers than the war is at this moment in history.
Even though Bess is too busy for anything but her job she becomes embroile ...more
I still like the time period and description of the front, but think I need to give this series a rest.